Anyone who has lived long enough and travelled across Nigeria by road would probably testify to the fact that many of the highways are “nothing to write home about”. This obvious fact has sparked serious outrage from Nigerian’s on social media after the minister of transport, Babatunde Fashola, recently said Nigerian roads are of Global standard. Reports claim that Mr Fashola made this controversial statement in Abuja when he was speaking about President Buhari’s achievement in the Nigerian transport sector.
Babatunde Fashola sparks outrage after declaring that Nigerian roads are built to meet the global standards
According to press reports, Mr Babatunde Fashola says there have been many cases of Nigerian roads that were built far above the maximum global standards especially when the quality of their finishing is considered. The minister reportedly pointed out the Enugu-Port Harcourt and Lagos-Ibadan roads as examples of cases where polymer-modified bitumen was used in finishing Nigerian roads. He explained that such finishing ensures very high-standard roads that are way better and stronger than the usual 60/70 bitumen.
As expected, many Nigerians have taken to social media to express their opinions about the minister's shocking statement.
Nigerians on LindaIkeji’s blogsite react to Mr Babatunde Fashola’s recent claim that Nigerian roads are of global standard
Media reports also confirm that Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola said the “SUKUK” bond projects have really helped in executing most of the recent road construction projects across Nigeria. Mr Fashola reportedly disclosed that 44 ongoing road projects are currently being done by the transport ministry under SUKUK and spread all over the six Nigerian Geo-political zones.
While giving a brief explanation of “SUKUK”, Mr Fashola said that it is more of a public-private investment and partnership to mainly supplement FG’s budget. He also listed out some the road projects currently benefitting from SUKUK to include: Aba - Port Harcourt, Adamawa - Gombe, Calabar - Itu, Lokoja - Auchi - Ekpoma, Benin - Okene, Lagos - Otta.
Believe it or not, this is actually not the first time that Mr Babatunde Fashola would claim that Nigerian roads are “Okay”. Below is a video made in 2019 to show him the true condition of many Nigerian roads.
Babatunde Fashola Says Nigerian Roads Are Not That Bad as We Often Say | Ok, Let Us Show Him Around